There is a lot of news and rumor going about that Bowling Green State University is about to dismantle its hockey program. This would be a detriment to the NCAA, college hockey, the CCHA and sports in general.
Sure, the main part of college should be academics, and sports just a diversion. In today's times, the college experience is more than classes. There is tradition of attending sporting events, along with theater, recreational events and so much more outside of the classroom. Plus, in today's hard times many universities have, are, and will be having major financial decisions to make.
To get rid of a institution that has a 40 year tradition, a national championship in 1984, and that has been a part of good rivalry with Ohio's other D-1 hockey teams and has been a clean program for its entire existence is a big mistake. Sure, the Falcons have seen better days and the arena it plays in is getting a bit long in the tooth, but positive change can happen.
I'm not saying to build a new arena, like Miami did - and during their lull in the late eighties there was talk of them shutting down their hockey program. But a change to the hockey culture, ie, a new coaching staff would be a good start. Surely some money for minor renovations can be raised by BGSU's hockey alumni that includes Rob Blake, Ken Morrow, Jerry York, Nelson Emerson, George McPhee and current Ohio State Hockey coach John Markell, among others.
Here's a list of trustees to contact and to let know that shutting down this program is not in the best interests of the university.